Seven Quick Takes Friday, 22 July 2011

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Oh. my. goodness. It is hot.


This heat has really sapped my creativity and motivation. I have some sewing projects all cut out and completely unsewn on my dining room table. I haven’t touched them for a week or more, except to move them out of the way. It took me kicking myself until 9:00 last night, which is my self-imposed deadline for a blog post per week to start writing yesterday’s post. I also had clean laundry in my bedroom from Monday that I just folded yesterday. I hate having clean laundry sitting around and not putting it away. This will probably change when I have children…


The rabbits aren’t too fond of the hot weather either. They laze around, and even if you open their cages, they might not come out. We have been giving them frozen water bottles to play with to try to help them stay cool.


The cat doesn’t seem to mind the heat too much. If anything, it has made her clingier. After months of never sitting on B.’s lap, yesterday she decided to hop up. ON THE HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR (I hope).


Although hot soup doesn’t sound like a great idea for this weather, I made lovely homemade chicken soup (from scratch except bagged whole wheat noodles) on Tuesday. I find that eating soup is actually a good idea for very hot weather, because it is so hydrating. The soup had whole chicken breasts, which B. so kindly boiled down for me for a couple of hours. When I got home, I took the chicken out of the pot, put the skin and bones back in, and let it simmer while I cut up potatoes, onions, carrots, and green beans. I took the skin and bones out of the pot, added the veggies with some minced garlic, thyme, parsley, a bay leaf and the shredded chicken. After this cooked a little while, I added some bagged whole wheat noodles and cooked it until they were done. The soup was DEE-licious. We had lots of leftovers, so I had a bowl for breakfast yesterday, we had some for dinner last night, we still have some in the fridge, and I froze a quart of it. Cooking for two is not my strong suit. What would have made this soup better? Whole pastured chicken instead of just regular chicken breast, homemade noodles, fresh herbs… but it was pretty good anyway!


I need some yummy ideas for Friday dinners. We have penitentially given up meat on Fridays for quite some time. We have penitentially had an alternating menu of toasted cheese sandwiches or beans and rice for almost as long.


 We are going to my family reunion tomorrow. I have a great track record for showing up, but we don’t intend to stay too long…IT’S HOT!

Have a blessed weekend.

Jeanne G. 

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